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Roman inscription concerning olive tree growing

  • Roman inscription concerning olive tree growing. Linares Archaeology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Roman inscription concerning olive tree growing. Linares Archaeology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Archaeology

Date

122-140 A.D.

Cultural background

Roman

Original title

Inscripción romana de tema olivarero

The survival of an Andalusian industry

Pedestal that was probably part of a larger monument, with an inscription that shows the importance of olive tree growing in Cástulo.

This item was probably the base of a statue. It is the cover-epigraph of a rescript order (a decision of a sovereign about a consultation) which regulated the administration or tax on food provision (annona). The whole text in the inscription says: "RESCRIPTUM SACRUM DE RE OLEARIA" (Sacred rescript concerning olive tree growing).

Details of the work

Origin
Olivar de los Patos site (old Cástulo, province of Jaén)

Dimensions
Height = 91.5 cm; Length = 59 cm; Width = 32.5 cm

Technique
Chiselled

Material
Grey Marble [Earth grey.]

  

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